Meet the Owner

Hello there! I'm Dina Bechman.

Five Monkeys Inc is my passion.  I have finally attained a title I've tried to claim in many past jobs, C.O.E. - Chick Over Everything!  I handle every detail of this business.  I work hard, I believe in it and I want every experience at Five Monkeys Inc to be a positive one. 

I have always been a creator.   About 20 years ago I started painting on glass on reclaimed windows.  My work is constantly evolving and it is one of my favorite parts of my life.  The other favorite is my family.  I have an amazing, supportive husband and five equally amazing children, four boys and one girl.  My daughter is mother to my two grand-daughters.

I started Five Monkeys Inc in March 2014 in a little 400 sq ft, not so perfectly located, storefront on the west end of downtown Des Moines.  In August of 2015 I moved to a new storefront seated in the community that I grew up in.  In fact when I went to high school down the street my location was a restaurant where I'd come for lunch a couple times a week. My initial vision for Five Monkeys Inc was to provide space to local artists to show and sell their creations.  I fought hard for this vision, represented hundreds of artists from 2014 through 2019.  Sadly this portion of the business did not succeed to it's full potential and I had to close this chapter of the business at the end of 2019.  The space that Five Monkeys Inc initially inhabited is now home to three businesses. Five Monkeys Inc is now home to an amazing little paint your own pottery studio.  My eldest son Jesse & his business partner John own Rogue Planet Music, which specializes in vintage vinyl and equipment.  Our friend Allison contributes with her vintage clothing and camera store Rumors Vtg.